Low Res Gaming: Crysis and FEAR
For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis and F.E.A.R. When testing processors with Crysis or F.E.A.R., we drop the resolution to 800x600, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the games' physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually do place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.
Crysis and F.E.A.R. tell two conflicting stories. In the F.E.A.R. benchmark, the Phenoms has a marked advantage over the Core 2 processors and hung with the much more expensive Core i7. And the exact opposite happened in the Crysis benchmark. Notice the Phenom II X3 720's strong performance, especially when using DDR3 memory. We suspect gamers on a budget are going to really dig the Phenom II X3 720 BE.